Rightly so, Miami and its fans are celebrating the end of one of the most bizarre NCAA “situations” anyone’s seen with the release of the Committee on Infractions report.
The report, which can be viewed in its 102-page entirety HERE and in press release form HERE, begins by stating that “[t]he University of Miami lacked institutional control when it did not monitor the activities of a major booster, the men’s basketball and football coaching staffs, student-athletes and prospects for a decade.” It went on to confirm previous reports that the football program will lose nine scholarships over three years and serve three years probation, but will face no further bowl ban.
Additionally, one of the football program penalties reads, “Miami may only provide a prospect on unofficial visits complementary tickets for one home game during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.” There are no further recruiting sanctions placed on the program beyond what the university had already self-imposed.
While the future for Miami and the Hurricanes football program has been cleared up, the same can’t be said for a former UM assistant now employed at a future ACC school.
Current Louisville defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator and former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt was hit with a two-year show-cause penalty for his role in the scandal. It’s claimed that the booster at the center of the scandal, Nevin Shapiro, provided Hurtt with over $7,000 in “impermissible supplemental income.” The NCAA in its report further claimed that Hurtt and another former Miami assistant, Aubrey Hill, “provided prospects with free lodging, meals and transportation.”
Hill, now a high school coach in Florida, was also given a two-year show-cause.
Most damning for both Hurtt and Hill, especially the former, is that the final report alleges the “former football coaches provided false or misleading information to Miami and the [NCAA] enforcement staff during the investigation.” Hurtt’s current employer, Louisville, has long stood by the assistant, with the proviso that he had not lied to the NCAA about his involvement.
Hurtt was placed on administrative leave back in March so that he could prepare a response to the NCAA’s charge of unethical conduct; whether he’s placed on permanent leave will be determined by athletic director Tom Jurich, who may have his own date with the NCAA to discuss the viability of keeping Hurtt on Charlie Strong‘s staff.
“If these individuals [with show-cause penalties] are employed at an NCAA member school during these two years, they and their current or future employer must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the coach should have his duties limited,” the release states.
As of now, Louisville is declining to discuss the future of Hurtt, who returned to the team in August and remains a part of the coaching staff.